Have You Ever Tried Acupuncture?

I try to go to the doctor once a year for a checkup. Currently I’m a few months overdue, but I have a reason: I’m waiting until I have enough ailments to justify an appointment. I figure that 10 ailments is the right number, and I’m currently at 6 (knee, cold fingers, neck, cholesterol, migraines, etc), so I’ve still got time.

However, a few friends (a couple and their kid) have been in town over the last few days, and one of them is an acupuncture specialist. When I mentioned my cold fingers to her, she offered to give me an acupuncture treatment, and I thought, “This will give me a blog entry for tonight!”

So, literally just 30 minutes ago I completed my first acupuncture treatment. The first 45 minutes consisted of very thin needles being inserted into my body while we talked about my ailments and lifestyle. I couldn’t feel most of the needles–in fact, I didn’t even know she had started using the needles until she told me there were 5 already in my body. Also, I was fully clothed. For some reason I thought I’d need to take off my shirt or something, but it wasn’t necessary.

The next 45 minutes where spent with the acupuncturist placing her hands on my body (neck, head, face, abdomen) while I relaxed. The needles were still in during this time. I should say that I tried to relax, because I could feel tiny spasms in my neck, and I really didn’t want them to turn into a full spasm, which I found to be incredibly painful when it happened to me a few years ago.

Oh, and I never looked at the needles. I didn’t mind having them in me, but I also didn’t want to think about it.

Afterward, she gave me a few breathing exercises, some articles to read, and instructions to get extra sleep tonight. Sounds good to me!

Have you ever tried acupuncture? What was your experience with it?